So happy to have you here.
I’m Jessica, the girl behind The Kuhlman Appetite. I am a mother of three little boys and a wife to one handsome guy. I have a true passion for sharing food with others and loving them through cooking. As a professional photographer and self-proclaimed foodie, my goal is to develop trustworthy recipes paired with beautiful photos that make you feel like you’re cooking right along with a loved one.
The origin story…
I didn’t grow up with memories of learning to cook a perfect steak with my dad, or baking hot cross buns every Easter with my grandma. We didn’t have any unique-to-us meals and holidays were deliciously basic. To this day, my mom doesn’t enjoy cooking. Somehow, through all of this lack of culinary exposure, I was pushed toward a growing interest and love for food.
We moved around a lot growing up – that’s the military life. We moved overseas shortly after I was born, and I went to six different elementary schools throughout my childhood. Maybe seven, but who’s counting? We also didn’t live close to family. I don’t have those everyday memories of making grilled cheeses with Grandma or sitting on the porch eating raisins with grandpa. We didn’t garden and we didn’t raise animals. It was just part of the sacrifice of being a military family.
In college, while I was engaged to my now husband, I started cooking a lot. I loved it, and the idea of cooking for someone I love was thrilling. I began thinking of the future and found myself dreaming of becoming the mom that cooked and baked with her kids. I even imagined myself baking with my grandkids and them all having cherished memories of creating delicious food with me, and going on to share that love of food with future generations.
My husband speaks fondly of baking with his Nana (grandmother). When we had our first child, my husband’s mother took on the role of Nana and baked and cooked so much with Isaac. She was always sharing food with others. A batch of buttery chocolate chip cookies always filled the cookie jar. She made pizza bread on the regular, and had an endless amount of Italian sauce ready no matter what. She cooked chicken soup when we were sick, and grew tomatoes along the side of her house.
I was becoming the mom that was always in the kitchen.
It didn’t take long for me to realize that this was exactly the kind of mother I was turning into. Loving everyone through food. And these memories that my husband has from his childhood and that my children have are some that I want to be part of.
When my oldest was a baby, and I really started taking cooking seriously, I started writing my recipes down in a book. There is something about a handwritten recipe that I’m obsessed with. Holding old recipes written by family members… there is so much history in that piece of paper. This is what I wanted to give my kids. An heirloom family cookbook, written by me. And I decided to share it with you.
What you’ll find on The Kuhlman Appetite will be deliciously wholesome recipes that are worth gathering over to foster community and create beautiful memories.
My goal with The Kuhlman Appetite is to share these recipes that our family loves. Only the best of what we cook. I want this recipe blog to be your way of “cooking with grandma” or “baking with Mom,” whether you didn’t have that growing up or those loved ones are gone. My vision is for it to be comforting and feel like home, as a collection of gathering-worthy food for you to share in your own memories with your loved ones.